The role played by the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector in supporting economic development is vital. In addition to supporting productivity and innovation across sectors. The ICT sector is also a critical enabler of trade development itself as it helps correct, improve and make more relevant the very processes with which trade is conducted. The technologies it provides greatly help in electronically smoothing and coordinating global supply chains between a wide range of services and products on the one hand and a broad market on the other hand.
CACCI has therefore established the Asian ICT Council (AICTC) to provide its members the platform for exchanging views and information on how they can effectively harness ICT in order to enable economic growth and encourage trade within the region and between the region and other regions of the world.
The AICTC was formally first organized by the Confederation of Asia-Pacific Chambers of Commerce and Industry (CACCI) during the 68th CACCI Council Meeting held on May 19, 2004 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Mr. Stanley Wang, then Deputy Director General, Institute of Information Industry, Taiwan, was elected Chairman of the AICTC. The session also approved the Draft Constitution and By-Laws of the Council, and agreed to pursue the activities and programs outlined in the draft Work Program prepared by the CACCI Secretariat.
The second meeting was held on February 18, 2005, in conjunction with the 20th CACCI Conference on February 17-18, 2005, in New Delhi, India. Mr. Stanley Wang, Deputy Director General, Institute of Information Industry, Taiwan, chaired the meeting.
The third meeting, chaired by Dr. Eva Yueh, General Director, IT Promotion Division, Institute for Information Industry, Taiwan, was held in Tbilisi, Georgia on October 27, 2005. Discussions focused a number of AICTC project initiatives, such as the publication of newsletter, upgrading programs for members, and strengthening relationships with other ICT-related associations in CACCI-member countries.
The AICTC organized a workshop on “New Market Opportunities for All-IP Network” in conjunction with the 21st CACCI Conference held in November 2006 in Taipei.
The AICTC held its fourth meeting in Manila on October 22, 2008 during the 22nd CACCI Conference. Dr. Gwo-Jiunn Huang, Fellow at Institute for Information Industry of Taiwan and Chairman of the CACCI Asian ICT Council, made a presentation on the state of the ICT Sector in Taiwan, and Dr. Emma Teodoro from the Philippines made a presentation on the state of ICT development in the country.
The AICTC convened its fifth meeting in Yokohama on May 31, 2009 during the 23rd CACCI Conference. Dr. Gwo-Jiunn Huang made a presentation focusing on countries whose ICT industries are considered to be quite advanced, namely, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, India and China.
The eight breakout session of the AICTC took place on July 6, 2010 in conjunction with the 24th CACCI Conference in Colombo, Sri Lanka. AICTC Chairman Dr. G. J. Huang gave an overview of developments in the ICT industry in Asia; Mr. Fayaz Hudah, Programme Head at the ICT Agency of Sri Lanka made a presentation on the prospects for the country’s ICT industry; Mr. Yin-Chen Chou, CEO of DMP Electronics Inc. of Taiwan introduced some of the company’s products; and Mr. Chak Wong, Director of Marketing, Enterprise Solution Sales at Intel Asia Pacific, talked about the activities of his company in the region.
The ninth meeting of the AICTC was held on March 7, 2011 in Istanbul, Turkey in conjunction with the 25th CACCI Conference. AICTC Chairman Dr. Gwo Jiunn Huang talked about the development of ICT industries in Asia during and after the latest global economic downturn; Mr. Yusuf Ata Ariak, Chairman, Telecommunication Sector Assembly of Turkey touched on the current status and prospects of the ICT Industry in his country; and Mr. Wei-hsiung Huang from DMP Electronics Inc. of Taiwan spoke on the latest developments, trends and opportunities in Taiwan’s ICT sector, citing some of the major Taiwanese ICT products and industry players.
The AICTC held its tenth meeting on October 3, 2012 during the 26th CACCI Conference, held in Kathmandu, Nepal. Dr. Gwo Jiunn Huang, chairman of the Asian ICT Council and fellow of the Information Industry Institute spoke about the trends and developments in the ICT sector in Asia, with a focus on Taiwan’s ICT industry. Invited speakers included Mr. Manohar Kumar Bhattarai, former vice chairman, high level committee for information technology; Mr. Bal K. Joshi, co-founder of Thamel Dot Com Nepal Pvt. Ltd., and Mr. Biswas Dhakal, president of F1 Soft International Pvt. Ltd. The speakers delivered presentations on Nepal’s ICT development, digital commerce, and e-solution companies.
The AICTC eleventh meeting gathered at the 27th CACCI Conference in Cebu City, Philippines on March 15, 2013. Dr. Gwo Jiunn Huang in his talk during the breakout session, underscored the strength of Japan, South Korea, Thailand, India and Taiwan in the ICT sector. Dr. Huang highlighted some of the major achievements of Taiwan, noting that more than 12 of its ICT products were ranked first in global production and market share.
Speakers from the local sector and private organization joined the session. Mr. Wilfred Saa Jr., executive director of the Cebu Educational Development Foundation for Information Technology (CEDF-IT), introduced CEDF-IT as an organization created to help narrow the gap between the talents of the graduates and the needs of the industry. Mr. Jerry Rapes, president of open source software engineering company Exist Quest, discussed the software service industry in the Philippines and its contribution to employment generation.
This is the list of past AICTC meetings:
* Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Meeting, September 19, 2014 * Cebu, the Philippines Meeting, March 15, 2013 * Kathmandu, Nepal Meeting, October 3, 2012 * Istanbul, Turkey Meeting, March 7, 2011 * Colombo, Sri Lanka Meeting, July 6, 2011 * Yokohama, Japan Meeting, May 31, 2009 * Manila, Philippines Meeting, October 22, 2008 * Taipei, Taiwan Meeting, November 1, 2006 * Tbilisi, Georgia Meeting, October 27, 2005 * New Delhi, India Meeting, February 18, 2005 * Phnom Penh, Cambodia Meeting, May 19, 2004
Dr. Huang talked about the Internet of Things (IoT) and the Internet of Everything (IoE) and their ethical, legal and social implications. He also shared his views on how ICT is turning traditional notions of the service industry on its head: from Uber, a company with no cars that offers rides, to Facebook, a media company that creates no content; Airbnb, a company that offers rental property but owns no property to Alibaba, a commercial enterprise with no stock of goods. What these modern companies have in common is that they exemplify the shared economy in which consumers provide and receive direct services while the corporation’s role is merely limited to providing the tools to facilitate such exchanges. The shared economy not only brings suppliers closer to consumers, but it possesses the potential to turn everyone into both a supplier and a consumer. In so doing, it can transform everyone into an entrepreneur.
Martin Frick, Managing Director Asia Pacific at Temenos, made a presentation on “How Technology is Changing Banking and Financial Services and Why Customers will Demand It.” As technology continues to make life more convenient, bank customers are also beginning to expect more from banks. More and more customers expect their banks to assist them in meeting their financial goals, reward customer loyalty, save money while receiving products’ recommendations. Some Chinese banks have been known to use their mobile phone apps to constantly track their customers so that when they enter a store, the app can offer real-time financial services associated with the products in the store. The future role of banks will not be limited to the conventional understanding of banking. Rather, the future role of banks will be to serve as a customer’s lifetime partner/financial adviser.
Robert Chen Senior Manager, Taiwan Telematics Industry Association, talked about The Emerging Trend of Telematics Industry and Applications. In his speech, Mr. Chen noted that like the rest of society, automobiles are also being redefined by advancing technology. The future of automobiles will be the connected car that can offer an important link in providing usage-based insurance as well as advanced driver assistance systems and even fleet management. Other examples of advances in automobile technology include the electric car and the autonomous car that, at one extreme, can be fully automated without needing driver input. Finally, the increasingly technologically sophisticated automobile also requires increasingly advanced cybersecurity measures. These advancing technology may transform the traditional understanding of the automobile from an issue of ownership to an issue of usership. In the age of Uber when anybody can be a taxi driver, ownership seems less important than practical questions of usage.